Leaving your opponent without a harvest, which could lead to famine, is a much slower approach to reaching one’s aim. But it is a practical one, as the land could still be used for growing crops in the future. Such a bioweapon (an insect that introduces genetically modified material) could be deployed by an aggressor without the need for special equipment, thus leaving no trace of an attack. No means of spreading any chemicals or toxins would be found either as these could serve as indirect proof of a deliberate (far from natural) attack on plants. Filling a field with weaponized insects is all one needs. Concerns are growing about the fact that the United States has been providing a great deal of funding for biological programs that may have dual uses, such as conducting controversial experiments with infectious agents that cause deadly diseases; testing mechanisms of dispersal; increasing the scope of military research in biolabs abroad, and others. And as there are more and more questions about the nature of research done in numerous secret biolabs of the Pentagon, an unbiased international investigation ought to be conducted into their work.
NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia, China, and other sources are spreading disinformation to destabilise NATO and the current world order. He claimed that Moscow’s aid to Italy has become a propaganda campaign. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov debunked this statement by pointing out that there is not a single example of disinformation from the Kremlin. While Moscow is helping Italy in difficult times, the EU and NATO do nothing but blame Russia for a “propaganda” attack against the West
Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the failure of the West to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and the dismissal of Russian disinformation as an expression of Western "Russophobia". The spread of disinformation from Russian state media and other pro-Kremlin sources during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond is a well-documented phenomenon with plenty of examples as identified by independent fact-checking organiations, including the DFR Lab, Polygraph, and Stop Fake. EUvsDisinfo has also highlighted multiple such examples. In relation to Russia’s aid to Italy, journalists have collaborated with fact-checkers in order to debunk pro-Kremlin disinformation messages. For instance, the Guardian notes that “the fanfare around the deliveries may outweigh their actual use” and Politico warns that the aid delivery was accompanied with “propaganda and […] disinformation on state and social media.” Additionally, political observers have expressed doubt if Moscow and Beijing’s intentions when sending international aid are purely altruistic. The EU HR/VP also raised the same concerns by referring to "a geo-political component including a struggle for influence through spinning and the ‘politics of generosity’." The claim that the EU and NATO remain inactive in their support for Member States during the pandemic is also false. Aside from bilateral assistance which forms a critical component of the international response to COVID-19, NATO provides allies with relief and operational support through a number of schemes including the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre. The European Union, on the other hand, has launched multiple programs to support member states and partners in their national responses to the coronavirus and economic recovery amounting to over 3 trillion EUR.